Before cutting technology progressed, it was difficult to achieve such tiny facets common in modern diamonds. As such, many antique natural diamonds have larger chunkier facets, which look particularly striking by candlelight.

We were recently able to replicate the antique faceting pattern in lab diamonds, with a slight improvement–our cuts are perfectly symmetrical, which keeps the coveted vintage look with ideal brilliance.

Most natural antique cushions are square in ratio. Lab antique cushions can also be cut in elongated ratios.

Antique cushion cut solitaire ring

East-west antique cut ring

No matter what shape of diamond you’re looking at, these are a few other considerations to take into account:

  • Who certified the diamond? Some companies sell diamonds that were graded by in-house gemologists; we strongly believe it is best if a diamond is graded by a third-party lab such as GIA, IGI, or GCAL. GIA tends to have stricter standards than the other two labs. This does not mean non-GIA graded diamonds are undesirable, but rather it just means you may not be comparing apples to apples if you’re looking at stones graded by different labs.
  • Are any inclusions visible to the eye? In diamonds with VS2, SI1 and SI2 (and below) clarity grades, there may be small imperfections that are visible without a loupe. The details of those inclusions matter. if they’re in a corner that can be covered by a prong, for example, or if the inclusion is a white feather, it won’t impact the final look of your ring and that stone is likely a great buy. 
  • Is there fluorescence present? Generally with higher colors, it is better to have less fluorescence, because fluorescence often results in a less lively stone. However, fluorescence can also help warmer colors look whiter on their face.
  • How is the symmetry and polish graded? A top grade on both will contribute towards the diamond’s overall brilliance and shine.